Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Brian and his wife, Peri, founded the church in 1981. Brian is also the author of several books, including, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Water to Wine, A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save the World, and Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness.
In his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Puritan revivalist Jonathan Edwards shaped predominating American theology with a vision of God as angry, violent, and retributive. Three centuries later, Brian Zahnd was both mesmerized and terrified by Edwards’s wrathful God. Haunted by fear that crippled his relationship with God, Zahnd spent years praying for a divine experience of hell. What Zahnd experienced instead was the Father’s love—revealed perfectly through Jesus Christ—for all prodigal sons and daughters. In Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Zahnd asks important questions like: Is seeing God primarily as wrathful towards sinners true or biblical? Is fearing God a normal expected behavior? And where might the natural implications of this theological framework lead us? Thoughtfully wrestling with subjects like Old Testament genocide, the crucifixion of Jesus, eternal punishment in hell, and the final judgment in Revelation, Zanhd maintains that the summit of divine revelation for sinners is not God is wrath, but God is love.
This week marked the end of the 2017 General Assembly for the Church of the Nazarene, held every four years in Indianapolis Indiana.
I had the privilege of being on two different panels at the Spirit and Truth mini conference while at General Assembly. The conference was sponsored by Nazarene Theological Seminary and the NNU Wesley Society.
In the links below you will find the recordings from both sessions, also featuring Andrea Garcia and Brannon Hancock.
I’m grateful to CCLI for featuring two more of my songs, published by Lifeway Worship. Two more of my music videos were just added to CCLI TV today. Special thanks to the directors of the two videos, Rick Stull (Christ Is Lord) and Jason Elam (The Invitation). This makes the third song from ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ to be featured by CCLI.
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Starting this Saturday, August 6th, Shine FM will be sponsoring two full days of Christian music at Old Field Beach at Indian Lake State Park, Hwy 235, Lakeview, OH. Award winning “Crowder” will be the headliner and final act for the evening. Come on our for an amazing time of worship and music. I’ll be playing on Stage 2 at 1:45pm.
Christ Is Lord (Christ Before Me), the first single from my album “Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations” will be featured in the September/October release of Worship Leader’s Song DISCovery. Be watching https://songdiscovery.com/ in September and October for more information.
Worship Leader Magazine has invited me to be part of the National Worship Leader Conference in Kansas City, October 5th-6th. If you are going to be there, please come and say hello. I look forward to being a guest at what I’m sure is going to be an amazing event. I’m grateful to Worship Leader Magazine for extending an invitation.
It was a real honor for me to be able to sit down and have a conversation with Church of the Nazarene General Superintendent emeritus, Dr. Jesse Middendorf. He has been a hero and mentor of mine from afar for many years and I think you will really enjoy our conversation on ministry, piloting airplanes, and the great hope that we have for the world. This episode was recorded on location at Mount Vernon Nazarene University for the 2016 Pastors and Leaders Conference, otherwise known as PALCON.